Government workers must face reality

Darryl Walker, president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union, should start doing some research.

To the Editor,

Darryl Walker, president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union, should start doing some research himself because the last B.C. government offer on the table was excellent, considering the economic times we are in.

I am sure he holds off on various home projects himself when funds are short. Ontario Liberals are working on contracts too, and proposing just now zero wage increases.

What Walker does not understand is these slow economic times are all part of history, and hard times will turn around in due course.

In the meantime, take the offer, they still have a job. When times are good again, they will get regular pay increases.

Not to be cheeky, but how many government employees ever have to put in a claim for employment insurance in relation to people working in the private industry?  Does Walker know how many people in the private sector are working full-time without pay increases?  The union has to really think this contract position over.

Catalyst employees took a $5 per hour reduction on their wage for up to a five year agreement.

Walker must face reality.

Joe Sawchuk

Duncan